While the guys are doing their best to bring you news and reviews from Sundance 2013, even they can’t see everything. In an effort to help broaden the film festival’s coverage, today’s Indie Spotlight will take a look at a humorous adventure comedy centering on two lesbian hookers. Dubbed The Foxy Merkins, director Madeleine Olnek’s buddy comedy starring Jackie Monahan and Lisa Haas, from Olnek’s Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, pays homage to iconic male hustler films. The picture is currently scheduled for screenings at Sundance, but the production still needs your help securing distribution. Hit the jump for more on the film and to see how you can donate.
Check out The Foxy Merkins’ Kickstarter page here for a list of incentives and more information on the production. Here’s an introductory video from Olnek that shares a few glimpses of the film:
Margaret is a down-on-her-luck, lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo, a beautiful, self-assured grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women, even though she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. The duo hit the streets, where they encounter bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservative women, husky-voiced seductresses, mumbling erotic accessory salesmen, and shopaholic swingers. Navigating the bizarre fetishes and sexual needs of their “dates” brings into focus the hilarious differences between the two hookers, fellow travelers who share the road, but only for a while.
Writer/director Madeleine Olnek (Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival) melds her singular brand of comedy with the buddy-film genre to pay homage to and riff off of iconic male hustler films. Armed with a talented cast,The Foxy Merkins takes us on an unflinchingly outrageous urban adventure that is simultaneously uproarious, subversive, and poignant.